Schools Survey Form on YRS/Alternative Calendar
(A copy of the
survey form is at the bottom of this page.)
General Problems with the ACS
1. The general
format of the survey is confusing and is more complex than it needs to be.
An appropriate survey would
Section A. Do you
support the use of an alternative calendar by the Auburn City School System.
_____ Yes _____ No
Section B: If you
answered "Yes" to section A, which of the following calendars would
you support? Please mark a first and second choice by placing a "1"
or a "2" in the appropriate spaces.
____ Calendar A
_____ Calendar B _____ Calendar C _____ Calendar D
2. There was
inadequate advance planning.
As a result people
received inconsistent instructions about what was permitted, not permitted.
e.g. photocopied surveys, number of forms that can be turned in, etc.) Also
resulted in many families not receiving mailings, and others receiving several
3. Sampling methods
used violated every principle of good sampling technique.
The goal of a
survey is to identify how a community feels about an issue. Therefore, you
sample, or represent, each person in the community equally. The most egregious
aspect of the sampling process was that it encouraged multiple votes by some
people, but was not at all consistent about how many votes could be expressed.
Some people expressed their opionion once, others as many as 3 of 4 times
because of the way that the pools were represented.
in sampling would be outraged by the fact that a single person can vote once as
a parent, once as a community member, and so forth.... IF THEY CARED TO. There
appeared to be no systematic way of keeping track of how these pools were
divided up, so it is impossible to determine with any confidence to what extent
the outcome reflects true community opinion or the number of times special
interests filled in surveys. Does the outcome reflect community sentiment or
the number of times some people want to express their opinion?
4. The bias was
amplified by the difficulty that some people had in expressing their vote:
Survey foms had to
be hand delivered to a school system office. Offices were open at limited
times, during working hours. Because of the rush job of formulating the survey,
the mailing of parental surveys was incomplete (i.e. some parents did not
receive survey forms).
Specific Problems with the
ACS Survey Form:
cannot simply say NO! to an alternative calendar.
answer other than "Strongly disagree" implies some level of support
for an alternative calendar.
1. There is
no space to mark for "Traditional Calendar only".
instructions are not clear on what is and is not allowable. Can you simply put
an "X" or a "1" next to "I could support Traditional
Calendar" and not place a "2" anywhere else, or will that
invalidate your vote?
for the summer under some of the calendars described are incorrect. The
"Traditional Calendar" should be listed as having a 12 week summer.
"Calendar A" has a summer that is 1 day less than 11 weeks.
"Calendar B" has a summer that is 1 day longer than 10 weeks.
"Calendar C" has a summer that is 2 days less than 10 weeks.
"Calendar D" has a summer that is 2 days less than 8 weeks.
What should I do if I don't
favor YRS/Alternative calendar?
We suggest the
following if you are not in favor of Year-Round School,
A: Place an "X" in the space next to "Strongly Disagree"
(any other answer implies some
level of support for YRS)
B: Make only one choice! Place a "1" in the space for "I could
support a Traditional Calendar". Do not make a second choice!
(Marking a second choice
implies some level of support for YRS)
the STOP YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL
300 N. Dean Rd. P.O. Box
5172Auburn, AL 36830-5045 Tel: